Bartok: Cantana Profana, Barber: Prayers For Kierkegaard, Op. 30 & Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem

Bartok: Cantana Profana, Barber: Prayers For
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  • Released: March 24, 1998
  • Originally Released: 1998
  • Label: Telarc

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It's unclear why this program works so well, but it does. It may be because all three composers resolutely affirmed the virtues of tonality at a time when it was terribly out of fashion, though each did it in his own way. Barber was a genuine neo-Romantic before we had the term to describe him, so his heartfelt and emotional music was simply called "backward looking" while he was alive. Vaughan Williams and Bartók were both authorities on folk song who used the "uncouth vocal utterance of the people" to forge fresh and contemporary musical styles. Robert Shaw, one of the great choral music conductors of all time, plays all three works with a near ideal combination of clarity and intensity, and, of course, the chorus is sensational. --David Hurwitz

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